Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chantress Alchemy Blog Tour: Review of Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield + GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour! Sadly, I wasn't able to finish Chantress Alchemy before my tour stop, BUT I just recently finished the first book in the series and plan on reviewing that first. Then I'll tell you a little bit about the second book!

Goodreads rating: 3.84
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry
Series: Chantress Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Historical Paranormal

“Sing, and the darkness will find you.”

This warning has haunted Lucy ever since she was shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. But on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing along—and she is swept into darkness.

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion…

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.

In my initial thoughts that I posted on Goodreads, I mentioned that there was way too much gabbing and not enough action for my taste. This remains true after I've had time to sit on it. The beginning starts out with a bang and a huge flux of Lucy's powers, but then she realizes she hasn't really learned to use magic and becomes kind of useless for a little while. But you barely even notice that because when she meets Pennybrag and Nat, they talk her ear off for nearly half the book before they really get to their point that they want to use her to get rid of some corrupt power. But Lucy has bigger problems. The woman that's been her guardian for much of her life and raised her on the island came back with her as well but ended up somewhere else completely. Plus, the house she first pops into is the last place she wants to be. She also thinks the hot scientist/thief, Nat, hates her, and no one is really willing to listen to her.

Overall, I think it was a great idea, but this first novel was really just a setup for what's to come. I feel like nothing really happens until the last third of the book when Lucy finally seems to be coming into her powers. This is helped along, and also sort of hindered, by the emergence of her godmother, who used to be a Chantress but her powers were stripped away by Scargrave's shadowy birds. Lucy begins to feel like she has a lot of allies, but since she's the last Chantress, she wonders who might be using her for their own gain and who she can really trust. I enjoyed the magic and how it's brought on by song. I also loved how there was the magic that came easy to Lucy and then there was the magic that is supposedly much less dangerous but takes a lot more work. I feel like that's going to be a huge issue in the next book. This book was entertaining. It wasn't anything special per say, mostly because a lot of it felt like it was spent in conversation with little action, but it definitely had its moments, and I'm definitely interested to see where the romance is going to take us!

And now, about book 2!

In the synopsis, there are spoilers from book one, so if you haven't read the first book, you can skip right down to the giveaway.

Goodreads rating: 4.15
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 6th 2014 by Margaret K McElderry Books

Lucy races against time and magic in this sequel to the “richly and thoughtfully written” (Publishers Weekly) Chantress.

Lucy is the last Chantress, the only remaining girl who can sing magic into the world. Since she defeated the evil Lord Scargrave, England has changed—and not for the better. With crops failing and the people rebelling, Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry’s court. His Inner Council is convinced that making gold through alchemy will save England. But a critical element to the alchemical process has been stolen. Lucy is tasked with finding it with her magic… or else. And until she succeeds, the castle is on lockdown.

Court too has changed. Scargrave's brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry's closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues; their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart — a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all.

Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the beguiling world of Chantress for a suspenseful tale of courtly intrigue, music, and magic in Chantress Alchemy.

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Amy Butler Greenfield was a grad student in history when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Since then, she has become an award-winning author. 

Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains and later studied history at Williams College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Oxford. She now lives with her family in England, where she writes, bakes double-dark-chocolate cake, and plots mischief.

Win (1) hardback of Chantress Alchemy (INT)
Win (1) hardback of Chantress Alchemy (US Only)

QUESTION OF THE DAY: If you could magic yourself some place like Lucy did a the beginning of Chantress, where would you choose?

1 comment:

  1. I would us magic in the future on earth, we sure need it.


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